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Sep24

Nintendo celebrates 125th anniversary

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Nintendo has become one of the most popular household names in video gaming, with numerous popular franchises like Mario, The Legend of Zelda, Donkey Kong, Pokemon, Metroid, and more releasing over the past couple of decades. The international gaming company has now reached a new milestone as it celebrates its 125th anniversary this week! This marks the original creation of the Nintendo Koppai company, which was created in September 1889 as a playing card company. Producing popular Hanafuda cards for several decades, Nintendo began expanding its brand name into several other business ventures in 1956, before working on toy development with the Ultra Hand in 1966 and laser gun toys in 1973.

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The company came into the emerging video game industry around the same time, creating light gun arcade games like Wild Gunman along with home consoles like the Color TV-Game in 1977. Nintendo hit the international spotlight with the release of the Donkey Kong arcade system in 1981, featuring Jumpman as the protagonist, whom would eventually be renamed as Mario. After producing several Game and Watch handheld games through the late 1970s and early 1980s, Nintendo launched the Family Computer, or Famicom for short, in 1983, introducing video gaming to households with games like Super Mario Bros., Duck Hunt, and other gaming franchises. The Famicom was renamed to the Nintendo Entertainment System, or NES, when it was released overseas, and the company has remained one of the largest names in video gaming to this day. The company has since revived and reinvented the video game industry several times over, with consoles like the Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64, Wii, and 3DS continuing to take risks and find new ways to entertain and inspire players worldwide.

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As Nintendo celebrates its 125th anniversary this week, video game enthusiasts and Nintendo fans have a lot to look forward to from the company. With games like Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Bros, Pokemon, and the new upcoming Legend of Zelda game in 2015, as well as the New 3DS handheld console releasing in Japan and NA later this year, Nintendo shows no signs of slowing down even after a decade of business. Let’s see where the next 125 years takes Nintendo and video gaming in general!

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Sep24

Octopus robot takes a swim in open ocean

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Greek researchers have been at work developing a robotic octopus for over a year, and have finally shown off a new prototype of their underwater robot! The newest upgrade to the robot, initially revealed in May 2013, allows it to swim nearly twice as fast as its predecessor for almost half the energy. These improvements are thanks to a flexible webbing added to the robot’s arms that mimics the webbing seen in real-life octopi and squids. The robot has been shown to not only be able to swim on its own in a controlled environment, but also walk with a simulated crawling motion as well as carry objects mid-swim. The robot is even fully self-contained, and can operate in the open ocean without the assistance of any external machinery! Researchers hope to continue to improve on the robot, and use it to one day observe sea life in its natural habitat undisturbed. Check out the robot in action in the video below!

Sep22

Video game museum finds home in Texas

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The Videogame History Museum has been one of the most well-received booths at conventions and events that it has visited over the past couple of years, featuring a wide collection of classic video gaming memorabilia, tidbits, consoles that began over 25 years ago. Now, after traveling across the United States for over three years, the Videogame History Museum will finally have its first static home in Frisco, Texas!

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Located 25 miles from the Dallas / Fort Worth area, the Videogame History Museum will be hosted in the Frisco Discovery Center, and will focus on not only preserving games for future generations of gamers and fans to enjoy, the non-profit museum also wants to focus on educating visitors about the history of the videogame industry. The exhibit also hopes to one day host workshops to teach students the mechanics and science behind the construction of video games and arcade machines. The exhibit, while still in development stages, is currently slated to open up this coming April.

Sep22

Zero-G 3D printer launched into space

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California-based company Made In Space can now lay claim to the title of first off-world manufacturer as its brand-new zero-gravity 3D printer has taken off for the International Space Station! Launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, the Made in Space 3D Printer uses standard ABS plastic and additive printing used in most modern 3D printers, but uses new technology that will allow the printer to create objects without the use of gravity, which other modern 3D printers require in order to operate. The printer is part of a plan to install a 3D printer on the ISS that can manufacture replacement components and new parts on-demand, removing the need for costly spacecraft to continuously launch supplies to the station.

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While Made in Space has not yet revealed what technology allows their prototype printer to create objects in zero-gravity, a second model of their printer will be sent into space in 2015, and will be developed as an open platform for other companies. The printer, which can currently only print with standard ABS plastic, may also be upgraded in the coming years to print with other materials, like metals and aluminum. The Made in Space 3D printer is scheduled to create its first in-space gadgets and miniatures in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!

Sep19

Sony Pictures Animation reveals new Popeye animation

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Animator and director Genndy Tartakovsky has created some beloved fan-favorite animations over the past decades, including Dexter’s Laboratory, Samurai Jack, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and most recently Hotel Transylvania. Now, together with Sony Pictures Animation, Tartakovsky has put his skills to the test by reviving the classic Popeye cartoon in modern animation! Sony Pictures revealed the project on their YouTube channel, showing off a quick look at the animation in the upcoming project, as well as showing off some behind-the-scenes work with Tartakovsky and other artists. While the project has no finalized release date, this quick glimpse shows us that Popeye is back in action, and just as great as we remember him.



Popeye originated as a cartoon character in comic strips starting in 1929, orignally featured as a side character in the comic strip Thimble Theatre before stealing the spotlight with his adventures and becoming the main protagonist. Popeye was eventually adapted into animated shorts in 1933, where Popeye would use his love for spinach to overcome his rival Bluto and attempt to woo their common love interest, Olive Oyl. The cartoon proved to be one of the most popular of all time, and continued to recieve a variety of animated spinoffs, movie adaptations, and a variety of merchandise over the decades.

Sep17

Saltwater-powered car approved for European roads

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Nanoflowcell, a Liechtenstein-based automobile and research company, has been showing off the prototype for their new electric car, the Quant e-Sportlimousine, since its debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show this past March. The vehicle, which is unique in that it uses a unique salt water mixture as fuel rather than gasoline, has now taken a huge step towards retail as it has been approved for testing on public roads throughout Germany and Europe!

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The Quant e-Sportlimousine, which has been in development for the past 14 years, runs off of a petrol solution made from salt water that is activated through an electrochemical reaction and pumped into the car’s fuel cell, where the fluid creates electricity sent to the vehicle’s four electric motors. This unique technology allows the Quant e-Sportlimousine to travel up to 373 miles off of a single tank of the salt water solution, and reach speeds over 210 miles per hour.

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Nanoflowcell has also partnered with German automobile company Bosch Engineering in order to further improve on the technology in the vehicle, and to help develop more street-ready prototypes over the course of 2014. With the aim of transforming their prototype into a retail-ready mass produced electric vehicle, the approval to test their car on European roads is the first step towards making that future a reality.

Sep15

LEGO artist announces exhibits worldwide this fall

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Artist Nathan Sawaya has been creating world-renowned LEGO artwork since 2004, working with the toy company directly as well as collaborating with companies across the world to create stunning LEGO artwork. Now, Sawaya’s work is on its way to both Brtain and Boston this fall with his “Art of the Brick” exhibition! The show’s first stop, located at The Old Truman Brewery in eastern London, will open on September 26th, and will then head across the Atlantic to appear at the Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston, Massachusetts on October 7th! On top of that, Sawaya’s “Brick by Brick” exhibit will be debuting at the Anchorage Museum in Anchorage, Arkansas on October 3rd, as well at the V&A Waterfront Gallery in Capetown, South Africa on November 29th, making this fall season a very busy one for the artist.

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This year’s “Art of the Brick” exhibit is a continuation of last year’s show, which visited international locations like New York, Singapore, Taiwan, Europe, and Australia. The show is currently the largest collection of LEGO artwork in the world, featuring more than 100 works of art created from the classic building toy. Featuring works like a 20-foot long T-Rex created from more than 100,000 bricks, along with recreations of famous classical artwork and Sawaya’s own masterpieces, the show will also debut never-before-seen artwork from Sawaya, making this year’s “Art of the Brick” show one that fans should not pass up on!

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Sep15

New agile "cheetah" robot to outrun humans

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Researchers and engineers at MIT have worked together to develop a brand-new robot that might one day outrun human beings. The robot, based on the aesthetics and properties of the cheetah, features an innovative algorithm that mimics the cheetah’s bounding gait, and has so far been shown to move at a steady 10 miles per hour. The robot can even use its cheetah-based bound to leap over small obstacles! These breakthroughs can be attributed to the new algorithm, which allows the robot to determine how much force to exert in each bound in order to maintain a constant speed. The robot can currently handle treadmill experiments and field tests on grassy hills, compensating for small bumps and obstacles and maintaining balance and speed. Researchers hope to push this technology even further, turning the robot’s speed up to 30 mph!

Sep15

Hello Kitty collabs with Rurouni Kenshin

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The final live-action movie of the Rurouni Kenshin series, titled “Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends”, recently debuted in Japanese theaters on Septenber 13th, and Sanrio has announced a collaborative effort with the illustrious manga franchise in order to promote the movie! Featured in this new collaboration are two versions of Hello Kitty, dressed up as series protagonist Himura Kenshin and main antasonist Shishio Makoto, both of whom are featured in the newest movie. Special goods featuring these two new designs were available for sale at the debut of “The Legend Ends”, including plush figures and keychains, as well as notebooks featuring exclusive artwork commemorating the event.

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Rurouni Kenshin was a manga series that ran from 1994 to 1999, and was set in feudal Japan. The manga tells the story of Himura Kenshin, who was a former assassin turned wanderer and protector, and his exploits in the early Meiji period of Japan. Originally meant to be a more serious manga compared to other series airing at the time of its release, Rurouni Kenshin became a success, both in Japan as well as internationally. The series has since spawned a variety of movies, light novels, and video games, most recently with the live-action movie trilogy that debuted in Japan in early 2013.

Sep11

FriendsWithYou premieres Light Cave installation

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Art group FriendsWithYou, created by artists Samuel Borkson and Arturo Sandoval III in 2002, have unveiled their latest art installation in New York! Titled “Light Cave”, this installation is on display at The Standard High Line Plaza in New York City for the duration of September, and is the largest stand-alone sculpture created by FriendsWithYou to date. The 55′ long inflatable piece invites viewers and commuters to walk through and experience the piece from within.

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The Light Cave glows with multi-colored lights and pulses, and even ripples in the air thanks to its inflatable nature, transforming the piece into an interactive sensory experience. This collaboration between FriendsWithYou and The Standard has met with positive reaction from fans and passerby alike, whom have become immersed and mesmerized in the Light Cave’s unique minimalist aesthetics. Check out the video below to see the Light Cave for yourself!